Global Women's Health Resident Elective 


Residents at UIC in their third year have a month to dedicate to an educational pursuit of their choice. Many residents use this time to pursue an elective in Global Health.  The objectives of the UIC Women’s Global Health rotation are as followed:


1. Improve awareness of physicians in training at UIC to the health disparities in resource-limited international settings.

2. Introduce OB/GYN residents to global women’s health opportunities for purposes of training in provision of health care and for research opportunities not otherwise available at their home institutions.

3. Recruit applicants with experience and interest in health delivery to the resource-poor.


 Mekelle Rotation, Ethiopia:

            UIC residents with interest in global health have the opportunity to visit MU-CHS (Mekelle University College of the Health-Sciences) thanks to the ongoing collaboration between UIC and MU-CHS (hyperlink to “mela project” on service page)  Residents have adequate supervision during their time abroad and have close contact with the MU-CHS collaborator and OB/GYN Department head, Dr. Yibrah. The resident has the opportunity to design the elective to suit their specific interests in OB/GYN. 


Clinical experiences: Include work experience at both Ayder Referral Hospital which can involve outpatient clinics, inpatient labor and delivery, high risk obstetrics, and gynecologic surgery. There are also opportunities to visit Hamlin Fistula Hospital and other hospitals associated with MU-CHS OB/GYN Residency Program. Residents work side by side with Ayder residents in a collaborative fashion, and are exposed to clinical experiences which are not seen at their home institution.


Quality improvement: Residents aim to make a lasting impact after they have left, and quality improvement projects during their rotation help achieve this. Examples include analyzing patient sign out processes, improving doctor-patient communications, and updating nomenclature and medical terminology used on teaching rounds.


Research: There are many opportunities for residents to participate in clinical or public health research projects at MU-CHS, for examples of these projects see “research page” (Link”)


Resident Expectations:

            Residents are expected to complete the following during the time of their rotation.

  1. Write and submit goals to Dr. Goba and program director prior to departure
  2. Complete adequate steps to prepare for departure, including research preparations, cultural research, and trip preparations.
  3. Creation of resident blog detailing trip (optional).
  4. Submission of a post-trip report detailing all that was accomplished and a clinical-case list.


Rachel Harrison, Class of 2017. Clinical global health experience at Ayder hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Worked on a retrospective stillbirth study and helped design a high-risk pregnancy curriculum for Mekelle residents.

Kristina Pontarelli, Class of 2017. Clinical global health experience in Ethiopia, also began work on a public health study regarding child marriage in Ethiopia.

Tanya Rubinstein, Class of 2015. Clinical global health experience in Georgetown Public Hospital, Guyana.

Alex Golobof, class of 2014. Worked with Dr. Stevan Weine on a project focused on female sex workers in Moscow.